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Grey Limbo

University of Hawaii At Manoa


Daniel Jenkins

Daniel Jenkins

While he was initially reluctant to interview for a position at the University of

Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Jenkins was immediately captivated by the unique natural

and cultural resources of Hawaii, and from his first day on the campus he

established some of his deepest and most enduring friendships among members

of the Polynesian community. He is deeply committed to advancing Pacific

Islanders and their perspectives into leadership roles in island biosecurity, and

related positions in land and cultural stewardship.

Education / Professional Prep / Appointments

Ph.D. Biological and Agricultural Engineering;

M.Eng. Agricultural and Biological Engineering; B.S. Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Professional Engineer (State of Hawaii)

Certified Pesticide Applicator (State of Hawaii)

Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot (FAA)

Specialty Skills and Knowledge

Current Research

Engineering novel molecular tools and handheld instrumentation for

agricultural diagnostics.


Custom Environmental surveillance and control systems for invasive organisms



Custom instrumentation and user interface design


Machine vision / AI


Drone operations (GIS, flight planning, customization, mission execution)

Lab Website 

Key Publications

Rodriguez, R., J. K. Leary, and D. M. Jenkins. 2022. Herbicide Ballistic Technology for Unmanned

Aircraft Systems. Robotics. 11, 22


Rodriguez, R., R. L. Perroy, J. K. Leary, D. M. Jenkins, M Panoff, T. Mandel, and P. Perez. 2021.

Comparing interpretation of high-resolution aerial imagery by humans and Artificial Intelligence to

detect an invasive tree species. Remote Sensing 13(17):3503.


Jenkins, D.M., Watanabe, S., Haff, R.P., Melzer, M.J., Jackson, E., Liang, P.-S., 2021. Dose

response of coconut rhinoceros beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) to 92 kV x-ray irradiation. J.

Appl. Entomol. 145, 1039–1049.


Diaz, L. M., B. E. Lee, and D. M. Jenkins. 2021. Real-time optical analysis of a colorimetric LAMP

assay for SARS-CoV-2 in saliva with a handheld instrument improves accuracy compared to

endpoint assessment. Journal of Biomolecular Techniques. 32(3):


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